Vanita Gupta was born in Mumbai in 1971. She studied Fine Arts in Painting at the L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai. Vanita’s art cannot be confined within categories. Although she began as a painter, her concerns with coordination of movement and balance, juxtaposing existence and non-existence, empty vacuums and solid spaces have led to her current explorations in sculptural work and video installations. Vanita has been widely exhibiting her work nationally and internationally.
A selection of her paintings and sculptures were shown at Art Heritage in 2015 as part of the show Two Women Artists, along with Ingrid Pitzer. While referring to her work, Gupta says, “I believe in the ardent need to create, nothing more nothing less.” This statement explains how, although minimal, Gupta’s work is always complete. The dynamics of her images are constantly evolving; she experiments with size and texture but the solid white background on which her paintings are mounted remains constant. Gupta’s monochromatic compositions, rendered almost fluidly with her masterly brushwork, leave the viewer captivated by their Zen-like quality. Her brushstrokes, varying from a drip to a splash or draggle, suggest a deep intimacy between solidity and the ambiguous nature of liquids.
Vanita showed with Art Heritage at the 2017 India Art Fair, showcasing an installation, “Breathe In Breathe Out”. Her video work The Balloon Trilogy featured in the 16th international Media Art WROBiennale 2015, Wroclaw, Poland. In 2014 she was awarded the Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, New York. Gupta was awarded the prestigious fellowship grant 2014-15 by the Asian Cultural Council, New York, supported by JD Rockefeller the 3rd, to observe the contemporary art practice in New York, visit museums and galleries and meet curators. She was also an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Centre, USA in 2014. In 2015 she was at a residency at ‘Residency Unlimited’, New York. Gupta was the recipient of the Raza Award, India for excellence in art in 2008.
Pundole art gallery, Mumbai, since 2004, represents her. Vanita has had four solo exhibitions with Pundole, the latest being in 2013 of her sculptures. In 2012 Videoholica International Video Art Festival, Varna, Bulgaria, selected her video works. Her solo exhibition was presented in London in 2008 by Pundole art gallery in collaboration with Rob Dean art, London. In 2006 her solo show was presented at Singapore Art Fair. Vanita Gupta’s work is in the Alkazi Collection.